Photo Process Worker

Manasa Muppirala

Required Skills

You need to have a basic understanding of using editing software and operating photo processing machines and equipment.


The activities vary depending on what specifiic field of photo processing you choose, but some the main tasks are are digitally and physically retouching photos, developing film, printing, and processing photos.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Digital process workers usually work in clean, well lighted rooms. Photographic process machine operators must do repetitive work at a rapid pace without any loss of accuracy. Precision process workers do detailed tasks, such as airbrushing and spotting, which can contribute to eye fatigue. Workers who handle film development are constantly exposed to chemicals and fumes. These workers must take several safety precautions against the hazards.

Work Hours and Travel

Photo process workers usually work 40 hours a week. There is not much travel required in the job.

Educational Requirements

Some necessary educational requirements are computer skills, proficiency in mathematics, art, and chemistry, and preferably some experience through photography courses.


The national average wage in between 20k-30k. The average hourly wage in Texas is about $9.43, and the annual average is around 24k.

Future Outlook

Overall employment is expected to decline due to the introduction of new digital technology.